Aston Villa defender Jores Okore confident of handling Hull's 'Drogba-like' Dame N'Doye

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Jores Okore knows Dame N'Doye from his time in Denmark and plans to make the striker's Hull debut a night to forget.

Aston Villa centre-back Jores Okore has told the Birmingham Mail that he’s confident he can keep new Hull City signing Dame N’Doye quiet in tonight’s Premier League clash.

N’Doye, 29, arrived at the KC Stadium from Lokomotiv Moscow during the closing stages of the transfer window for a reported £3 million fee, having netted 27 goals in 66 games during his three seasons in Russia.

Beforehand, the Senegal international had been one of the most prolific strikers in the Danish Superliga while at FC Copenhagen, when Okore faced him on multiple occasions with rivals FC Nordsjælland.

The Villa defender managed to win most of those battles with his ‘Drogba-like’ rival and, with Steve Bruce set to hand his new man the start for the visit of Paul Lambert’s side, he is confident of making it a debut to forget.

“I’ve played against him a lot of times,” Okore said. “He is a good strong player, a bit like Drogba. He has real upper-body strength and good at keeping the ball.

“He can run the channels too.

“I have played against him at least a couple of times and hopefully I can stop him scoring like I did a lot of those other times. He may have scored once, I think but hopefully I will keep him quiet.”

Villa go into the Hull match on a nine-game winless run after the weekend’s 2-1 defeat to Chelsea, with the club sitting just two points above their 18th-placed opponents in the table in 16th.

The club did manage to end their 11-hour goal drought against the league leaders, however, despite the benching of Christian Benteke, with Okore himself netting an 48th-minute header from Carles Gil’s cross.

Speaking after opening his claret and blue account, the Denmark international joked that he should now be Lambert's first-choice for the lone forward role.

Said Okore: “Christian already knows it!”

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